The County Press Lets Down The Island

If you’re a reader of this week’s County Press, the odds are that you’ve got no idea that the Powerboat P1 is taking place in Cowes this weekend.
The CP gave it a couple of para at the very back of the Weekender supplement. A strong …

The County Press Lets Down The IslandIf you’re a reader of this week’s County Press, the odds are that you’ve got no idea that the Powerboat P1 is taking place in Cowes this weekend.

The CP gave it a couple of para at the very back of the Weekender supplement. A strong contrast to the Skandia sailing event of a few weeks back, which had its own separate supplement!

Isn’t the CP supposed to be the newspaper for the Island? By not making more of important Island events like this, they’re letting down lots of people – the P1 people who go to a huge effort to bring the P1 to Cowes; the population of Cowes, by not making the most of having the event in town; and the residents of the whole Island. By not telling them it’s on, the CP is effectively robbing them of an enjoyable weekend out – one that doesn’t cost anything to spend time at as well.

The near zero coverage in the CP of the P1 is embarrassingly light compared with the most excellent cowes.co.uk who have covered it extremely professionally and thoroughly.

We’re perplexed at the attitude of the CP? They’re happy enough to take the P1 money for advertising, but when it come to writing about it the event in advance, they get amnesia.

Proof, if it were not already obvious, that depending on one source of news is a dangerous game. No wonder sites like satirical Isle of Wight Can Depress get started (here’s hoping they’ll post more to it soon).

Sunday, 26th August, 2007 1:31pm

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The Piper

It’s no surprise really.

There are so many interesting events, gigs, and exhibitions which just don’t get the coverage they deserve.

The CP’s attitude at times is appalling.

Bertie
Why are you surprised? The CP only gets involved in what it WANTS to get involved. I well remember that Thundercats came to Ventnor for racing 3 years ago. They were gobsmacked at the lack of interest and, as a consequence, did not return. The CP are the mouthpiece for a select few and are not interested in Powerboat racing. The Hooray Henrys would not even deign… Read more »
Curious

I seem to have missed the point with P1. Surely it is several rich blokes, burning as much fuel and making as much noise as they can to get round the island as fast as a light aircraft. Where is the excitement for Joe Public in that?

Freddie

As opposed to several rich blokes taking 8 hours to get round the island by sail, you mean?
Loads of excitement in that? Oh yes!

Administrator

Don’t you mean ‘several rich blokes taking 8 hours to get round the island by sail’ and then get off the boat and into their 4x4s?

George

Nowt wrong with several rich blokes, or their 4X4s. It is several rich blokes who keep this dumbed down country going. It is certainly not the “I have a career in benefits” culture.

The Piper

Come come… even rich blokes in 4X4s get benefits. Not quite sure how politics has crept into this piece but some of the tax breaks the super rich enjoy far surpass what those genuine souls on benefits “enjoy”. There are blaggers in every class, from dole scroungers to accounts fiddlers, but sweeping statements about any of them only serve to make people look stupid.